New Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60: space

The new plug-in hybrid version of Audi’s Q5 large SUV promises low running costs and stonking performance. Does that make it a match for its Volvo XC60 rival?...

Audi Q5 rear space

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Compared with the petrol and diesel versions, both of these plug-in hybrids have slightly smaller boots. Even so, you’re hardly going to struggle with the weekly shopping or a weekend away, because both can swallow seven carry-on suitcases – although it’s more of a squeeze in the Q5.

Volvo XC60 rear seats

When you need to carry more clobber, the rear seats in the Q5 fold down in a handy 40/20/40 split, whereas the XC60’s are in a less flexible 60/40 configuration. Both cars’ rear seatbacks lie virtually flat when folded down.

The rear of each car is plenty spacious enough for six-footers. The XC60 provides a bit more head room, but leg room is very similar in both. The Q5’s rear seats slide back and forth in a two-part split, so you can prioritise rear leg room or boot space, and the seatbacks recline. Its central pew is broader and more comfortable to sit in, too.

Audi Q5

Audi Q5 boot

Boot capacity is pretty similar in both cars, but the Q5 has reclining and sliding rear seats. The central rear seat is more comfortable than the XC60’s, too, plus you get sports seats with a massaging function in the front.

Boot 455-1455 litres Suitcases 7

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60 boot

The XC60’s load area is slightly taller and wider than the Q5’s, allowing you to squeeze in a couple of extra soft bags. Head room in the rear is impressive, even with the optional panoramic glass roof fitted.

Boot 482-1410 litres Suitcases 7

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